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Faber, Heinrich (Magister Henricus Faber)
before 1500
Lichtenfels, Germany
26 Feb. 1552
Oelsnitz, Germany
a German music theorist, composer and Kantor
Faber, Johann Christoph
Oettingen, Germany
German composer
Faber, Nikolaus
 1673German composer
Fabini, Eduardo
18 May 1882
Solís de Mataojo, Uruguay
17 May 1950
Montevideo, Uruguay
violinist and composer
Fàbrega, Josep
 1789 or 1791Catalan violinist and composer
Fabri, Martinus
fl. 1400 a composer, probably either from Flanders or the Netherlands, of the very late Middle Ages and earliest Renaissance. Most of his music was composed around 1400, but nothing is known of his life
Fabri, Thomas
fl. 1400s composer from the Netherlands, who became choir master at the Saint Donatien Church (Sint-Donatiuskerk) in Brugge in 1412
Fabritius, Ernst1842
1899Fabritius' health prevented him from pursuing a career as a violinist; instead, he went into agriculture. Fabritius's output as a composer belongs to the High Romantic era, with influences from Schumann and Mendelssohn, and in some cases Chopin. Fabritius was important in the sense that although he wrote some 30 solo songs, he focused on instrumental music unlike the mainstream composers of the day. His principal work is the instrumentally idiomatic Violin Concerto in D minor (1878). His other major instrumental works include the six-movement suite En barndomsdag (A Day in Childhood, 1884) for violin and piano. He also worked on a Symphony in the 1870s but only completed two movements
Fabrycy, Janc. 1615
c. 1655composer of a cappella music including a parody mass based on the polyphonic motet In te Domine speravi (In you, Lord, I set my hope) by Waclaw z Szamotul
Facco, Giacomo
4 Feb. 1676
Venice, Italy
16 Feb. 1753
Madrid, Spain
Italian composer
Facoli, Marco
fl. c.1560-1590 Italian composer
Fagen, Donald
10 Jan. 1948
Passiac, New Jersey, USA
 Jazz pianist , arranger and composer who is a member of the group 'Steely Dan'
Fagerlund, Sebastian
6 Dec. 1972
 Finnish violinist and composer
Fagerudd, Markus
1 Jun. 1961
 he has worked with a number of different types of music, not only concert music but also music for the stage and rock and jazz, for example as a member of the Free Okapi jazz band. His concert music does not, however, usually display rock or jazz influences
Faggioli, Michelangelo
Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy
Italian composer. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera considers La Cilla (music by Michelangelo Faggioli, text by F. A. Tullio, 1706) to be the first example of opera buffa
Fago, Nicola
26 Feb. 1677
Taranto, Italy
18 Feb. 1745
Naples, Italy
an Italian Baroque composer and teacher
Fahey, John
28 Feb. 1939
Takoma Park, MD, USA
22 Feb. 2001
Salem, Oregon, USA
American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as American Primitive, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of his art. Fahey himself borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American music but also incorporated classical, Brazilian, Indian and abstract music into his eclectic oeuvre
Fähndrich, Walter
1 Apr. 1944
Menzingen, Switzerland
 Swiss viola player and composer
Fahrbach, Anton10 Feb. 1819
Vienna, Austria
1 Dec. 1887
Vienna, Austria
brother of Anton Fahrbach, Friedrich Fahrbach and Philipp Fahrbach the Elder; flautist under J. Strauss the Elder and J. Lanner; a composer of waltzes
Fahrbach, Friedrich1811
Vienna, Austria
19 Mar. 1867
Verona, Italy
musician; brother of Anton Fahrbach, Joseph Fahrbach and Philipp Fahrbach the Elder. Flautist under J. Strauss the Elder; also composed waltzes and marches, had his own band and was military bandmaster from 1848
Fahrbach, Joseph25 Aug. 1804
Vienna, Austria
6 Jun. 1883
Vienna, Austria
musician and composer of works for the flute; brother of Anton Fahrbach, Friedrich Fahrbach and Philipp Fahrbach the Elder; flute and guitar virtuoso at the Court Opera Theatre, also ran a music school and was a military bandmaster
Fahrbach, Philipp the Elder25 Aug. 1815
Vienna, Austria
31 Mar. 1885
Vienna, Austria
violinist and composer; brother of Anton Fahrbach, Friedrich Fahrbach and Joseph Fahrbach, father of Philipp Fahrbach the Younger. He formed his own band from 1835, but in the period 1838-1856 he was director of music for the court balls and later in the period 1856-1865, he was a military bandmaster
Fahrbach, Philipp the Younger16 Dec. 1843
Vienna, Austria
15 Feb. 1894
Vienna, Austria
violinist and band leader; son of Philipp Fahrbach the Elder. In 1855 he took over his father´s band, which was highly acclaimed at the Exhibition Universelle in Paris in 1878 (major rival of J. Strauss the Younger)
Fahres, Michael
15 Apr. 1951
Bamberg, Germany
 Michael Fahres, who studied composition with Louis Andriessen and Ton de Leeuw, is a composer whose recent work has been devoted to electro-acoustic soundscapes
Faidit, Gaucelm
Uzerche, Limousin, France
during 4th crusade
troubadour. About 70 of Gaucelm's poems and 14 of his melodies survive
Fain, Sammy (born Samuel Feinberg)
17 Jun 1902
New York, USA
6 Dec 1989
Los Angeles, USA
Jewish-American composer of popular music. He was nominated for the best Original Song Oscar nine times, winning twice, with Secret Love in Calamity Jane in 1954 and with Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing in the movie of the same title in 1955
Fairchild, Blair
23 Jun. 1877
Belmont, Massachusetts, USA
23 Apr. 1933
Paris, France
American composer and diplomat. Along with Charles Wakefield Cadman, Charles Sanford Skilton, Arthur Nevin, and Arthur Farwell, among others, he is sometimes grouped among the Indianists, although he had only a marginal association with their work
Faißt (or Faisst), Immanuel Gottlob Friedrich
13 Oct. 1823
Esslingen, Würtemberg, Germany
5 Jun. 1894
Stuttgart, Germany
German organist and composer. He studied theology at Tübingen University, but gave it up, on Mendelssohn's advice, for music, in which he was self-taught. He travelled as an organist and settled at Stuttgart, where he founded an organ school in 1847 and a society for the study of church music; he was one of the founders of the Conservatory there. He also wrote about and edited music
Faith, Percy
7 Apr 1908
Toronto, Canada
9 Feb 1976
Encino, California, USA
originally he became known during the 1930s for his programme Music By Faith which was also carried by the Mutual network in the USA. The opening track Dizzy Fingers (like all his recordings, this was arranged by Faith himself) includes a small choir which Faith described as adding a touch of 'vocalese'. Back home in Canada he discovered that he had a few dollars to spare from the budget for one of his radio shows, so he engaged a small number of singers who happened to be in the same studio block. The idea was instantly popular, and many of his singles would later have some voices alongside the orchestra. In 1940 he relocated to the USA where he became one of the most successful broadcasters and recording artists of his time. He was always busy, whether working in the recording studios, radio, television or films
Falconieri (or Falconiero), Andrea
1585 or 1586
Naples, Italy
29 Jul. 1656
Naples, Italy
Italian composer and lutenist from Naples
Falckenhagen, Adam
26 Apr. 1697
Groß-Dölzig, near Leipzig, Germany
Bayreuth, Germany
German lutenist and composer
Fall, Leo
2 Feb. 1873
Olmütz, Austria
16 Sep. 1925
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer of operettas
Falla, Manuel de
23 Nov. 1876
Cádiz, Spain
14 Nov. 1946
Alta Gracia, Argentina
Spanish composer of classical music
Falik, Yuri
 Ukrainian cellist and composer
Faltermeyer, Harold
5 Oct. 1952
Munich, Germany
 German musician, keyboardist, composer and record producer
Faltin, Richard1835
1918he studied in Leipzig, moved to Finland in 1856, working first in Viipuri and from 1869 in Helsinki. Faltin's output consists mostly of sacred music, and his main contribution was his work as a teacher and a conductor, and as a leading figure in the musical community as a whole
Falú, Eduardo
7 Jul. 1923
El Galpón, Salta (Argentina)
 composer over more than 100 pieces, including Las Golondrinas (The Swallows), the zambas La Candelaria and La Cuartelera, and Argentine Suite
Fampas, Dimitris
22 Dec. 1921
Lafkos, Greece
3 May 1996
Greek guitarist, composer and professor
Fanshawe, David
19 Apr. 1942
Paignton, Devon, England
5 Jul. 2010
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
English composer and ethnomusicologist. His work is situated at the crossroads of traditional and modern music
Fantini, Girolamo
Spoleto, Italy
Florence, Italy
Italian trumpeter and composer. In 1634 Girolamo Fantini and Girolamo Frescobaldi, the greatest trumpeter and organist of their day, performed at the Villa Borghese; this is the first known performance that combined these two instruments. Though the trumpet had an important role in military and court life, it had not previously found a place in the concert hall. In 1628 Frescobaldi was appointed to the court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, where Fantini was the Chief Court Trumpeter; presumably they met in Tuscany and likely performed together there. It is the report of their performance in Harmonie universelle by Marin Mersenne (1636) that records their performance together
Farina, Carlo
Mantua, Italy
Jul. 1640
Vienna, Austria
Italian composer and violin virtuoso who spent part of his life in the service of the court of Dresden, where in 1626 he published a set of sonatas
Fariña, Mimi Baez (born Margarita Mimi Baez)
30 Apr. 194518 Jul. 2001a singer, songwriter, and activist
Fariña, Richard George
8 Mar. 1937
New York, USA
30 Apr. 1966
Carmel Valley, USA
American writer and folksinger. He was a figure in both the counterculture scene of the early- to mid-sixties as well as the budding folk rock scene of the same era
Farinel (or Farinell, Farinelli), Michel
Grenoble, France
1726violinist known through a set of variations were published by John Playford in The Division Violin in 1684 (London) where it is listed in the index as A Division on Mr Farinell's Ground, and in the first part of The Division Flute published in 1704 by Walsh in London. It is possible that Giovanni Battista (or Jean-Baptiste) and Michel are one and the same person as there is uncertainty as to their exact dates and places of birth and death
Farinelli, [Carlo] (see Broschi, Carlo)   
Farinelli, Cristiano
fl. seventeenth century Italian composer and violinist, Cristiano Farinelli was a friend of the composer Arcangelo Corelli and is said to have been the uncle of the castrato, Farinelli
Farinelli, Giovanni Battista
(Farinelly, Jean-Baptiste)
Grenoble, France
Venice, Italy
composer and violinist who was employed as concertmaster of the Hanover court orchestra. Hawkins refers to a Farinelli who was appointed as chapel-master of St Stephen in Toulouse - he suggests that this might be the Hanover Farinelly. There is also Chrysander's statement, apparently unsupported, that Corelli visited Farinelli at Hanover between 1680-85 and that Farinelli gave Corelli a ground to compose on. In Walter Rowland's 'Among the Great Masters of Music', the author recounts the story of Farinelli's hope to follow The Elector to England upon his becoming George I. "In the thick of all the bustle consequent on the court's leaving Hanover, this gentleman wrote and thrust into the elector's notice a composition to the words, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Giovanni Battista Farinelli was the uncle of the famous castrato Carlo Broschi (who took his uncle's name Farinelli) (1705-1782)
Farkas, Ferenc
15 Dec. 1905
Nagykanizsa, Hungary
10 Oct. 2000
Budapest, Hungary
a Hungarian composer
Farmer, Art
21 Aug. 1928
Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
4 Oct. 1999
New York, USA
Jazz flugelhorn player and composer
Farmer, John I
c.1570c.1601English composer, mainly of madrigals. He is probably one of the least-known composers of the English Madrigal School
Farmer, John II
16 Aug. 1835
Nottingham, England
17 Jul. 1901
Oxford, England
English organist and composer who after a period teaching music at Harrow School, where he composed school songs, one of his best known being Forty Years On, which he wrote in 1872, was appointed organist of Balliol College, Oxford, and founded the Balliol Concerts. He composed oratorios, cantatas, and other church music, and chamber music
Farmer, Thomas
 d. 1688English violinist and composer
Farnaby, Giles
Truro, Cornwall
Nov. 1640
London, England
he graduated from the University of Oxford in 1592 receiving a Bachelor's degree in music. His best known works are included in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, for which he composed 52 pieces. There are also four pieces by his son, Richard. In addition to his music for the virginal, Farnaby also composed madrigals, canzonets and psalms
Farnon, Robert (Joseph)
24 Jul. 1917
Toronto, Canada
23 Apr. 2005
St Martin's, Guernsey
had a distinguished career in Canadian Radio during the 1930s, eventually taking over Percy Faith's CBC Orchestra when Faith went to the USA in 1940. During World War II, as Captain Robert Farnon, he was posted to Britain in 1944 as conductor of the Canadian Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, working alongside Glenn Miller and George Melachrino, who fronted the American and British bands. After the war, Farnon remained in Britain where he quickly established himself in radio, records, films and television. His gift for composition resulted in hundreds of his works being accepted for the background music library operated by the London publishers Chappells
Farrant, Richard
c.153030 Nov. 1580composer of English church music, also a choirmaster, playwright and theatrical producer noted for creating the Blackfriars Theatre that hosted children's companies. Some compositions attributed simply to "Farrant" in early sources may be by him or by one of two or more John Farrants, organists active in Salisbury (1598-1602), Bristol (1570-1571), Ely (1567-1572), Hereford (1592-1593) and Christ Church Newgate Street, London (end of sixteenth century), in the late 16th and early 17th century
Farrar, Ernest
7 Jul. 1885
Lewisham, London
8 Sep. 1918
Battle of Epehy Ronssoy, nr Le Cateau, France
English composer, pianist and organist. Farrar is perhaps best known as the teacher of Gerald Finzi. Farrar's tragic death affected the young Finzi deeply, and from the very beginning, most of his music was elegiac in tone
Farrar, Orion R.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
California, USA
American bandmaster and composer particularly of marches
Farrell, Ciarán
Dublin, Ireland
 Irish composer
Farrenc, Jeanne Louise Dumont1804
professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire from 1842-1873
Farrenc, Vicorine Louis1826
daughter of Jeanne, who died after a very brief career but left many songs and piano works
Farrés, Osvaldo
13 Jan. 1902
Quemado de Güines, Cuba
22 Dec. 1985
North Bergen, New Jersey, USA
Cuban composer best known as the writer of the song Quizás, quizás, quizás (1947), which was translated into English as Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. Farrés left his native Cuba in 1962 and never returned, dying in exile in 1985
Farwell, Arthur
23 Mar. 1872
St. Paul, Minnisota, USA
20 Jan. 1952
New York, USA
American composer, conductor, educationalist, lithographer, esoteric savant, and music publisher
Fasch, Carl Friedrich
18 Nov. 1736
Zerbst, Germany
3 Aug. 1800
Berlin, Germany
a German composer and harpsichordist who was the son of the composer Johann Friedrich Fasch, a pupil of J.S. Bach
Fasch, Johann Friedrich
15 Apr. 1688
Buttelstädt, Germany
5 Dec. 1758
Zerbst, Germany
German violinist and composer who studied under Johann Kuhnau in Leipzig. He was held in high regard by his contemporaries (Johann Sebastian Bach made manuscript copies of a number of his pieces), and he is today considered an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods
Fasolo, Giovanni Battista (Brother John Baptist)
Asti (?), Italy
1664Italian organist and composer, a Franciscan friar, who worked in in Rome, Naples, Palermo and finally in Monreale where it is assumed that he died in 1664, or certainly before 1680
Fäsy, Albert Rudolph
Zurich Enge, Switzerland
Konstanz, Switzerland
Swiss composer, the son of a department store owner and city councillor. He had his first musical training with Franz Abt and Alexander Müller, the latter a friend of Richard Wagner. In 1856 he was admitted to the Leipzig Conservatory and three years later moved to Vienna.
Fauges, Guillaume (Vincent)
before 1442
possibly Normandy, France
after 1471
Franco-Flemish composer. Faugues was much admired by Tinctoris, and his name is mentioned in Compère's Omnium honorum plena. Three of his masses survive, one based on the basse dance, one on L'homme armé that is probably the earliest entirely canonic setting, and one based on Le Serviteur that is an early example of the parody Mass, and was formerly ascribed to Ockeghem
Fault, Francois duc.1604c.1670lutenist and composer
Faulkes, (George) William (Henry)
4 Nov. 1863
Liverpool, England
25 Jan. 1933
Liverpool, England
English organist and composer
Faure, Gabriel (Urbain)
12 May 1845
Pamiers, France
4 Nov. 1924
Paris, France
French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. He was the foremost French composer of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th century composers. His harmonic and melodic language affected how harmony was later taught
Fawkynerfl. 15th century we know nothing of his life but he has left us Gaude virgo salutata and Gaude rosa sine spina, two very long antiphons, both striking works with some exciting florid display that appear in the Eton Choirbook
Fayrfax (or Fairfax, Fairfaux, Feyrefax), Robert
Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire, England
buried St. Alban's Abbey, England
English singer and composer, nothing is yet known of his childhood or early musical training, and the first information that we have about Fayrfax's musical career is that he became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal by December 6, 1497 when he was granted a chaplaincy of the Free Chapel at Snodhill Castle, a post which was relinquished a year later to Robert Cowper, a fellow Gentleman. He is reported as being organist of St Alban's Abbey from 1498-1502. Fayrfax gained a Mus.B. from Cambridge in 1501, and a Mus.D. in 1504; he later acquired a D.Mus. from Oxford (by incorporation) in 1511. He became a member of the Fraternity of St Nicholas in 1502. The Caius and Lambeth Choirbooks (assembled in the mid to late 1520s) contain the earliest surviving collections of his masses. Missa O quam glorifica is perhaps Fayrfax's most complex if not most impressive work. According to an inscription in the Lambeth Choirbook it was composed 'for his forme in proceading to bee Doctor'; no doubt this was his exercise for Cambridge University in 1504, the earliest English example known to us. The standard requirement for an early Tudor doctorate was the submission of a mass and antiphon, which were to be performed on the day of taking the degree (no antiphon of this type is known to have survived among Fayrfax's output)
Fazio, Alfio
27 Oct. 1959
Genova, Italy
 Italian composer of contemporary music
Febel, Reinhard
7 Mar. 1952
Metzingen/Stuttgart, Germany
 German composer
Febure, Johannes lefl sixteenth/seventeenth century Flemish composer born either in the Low Countries or Vienna sometime in the sixteenth century; his exact date and location of birth are unknown. He died sometime between 1609 and 1612. He served in a number of important musical posts in Austria, including Kapellmeister in Konstanz and in Mainz. While he uses some of the polyphonic techniques of the Flemish school, his music most clearly reflects the influence of the Venetian style, and of Giovanni Gabrielli in particular
Fedé, Johannes
nr. Douai, France
after 1477
probably Paris, France
a French composer of the early Renaissance. While he was mentioned by Eloy d'Amerval as one of the greatest composers of the age, and resident in Paradise, relatively few of his works have survived. He was a contemporary of Johannes Ockeghem, and spent his life both in France and Italy
Fedel, Brigide (see Fedeli, Aurelia)   
Fedele, Diacinta Romanafl. seventeenth century composer who published in Vicenza in 1628
Fedele, Ivan
6 May 1953
Lecce, Italy
 Italian composer who teaches composition at the Conservatoire G. Verdi
Fedeli, Aurelia (Fidele, Brigide)c. 16131704many of her poems were set to music by composer such as Cavalli and Steffani
Feiler, Dror
31 Aug. 1951
Tel Aviv Israel
 Swedish-Israeli musician, composer and artist, chairman of the Swedish organization Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (JIPF) and the European organization European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP)
Feinberg, Samuil Yevgenyevich26 May 1890
Odessa, Ukraine
23 Oct. 1962
Moscow, Russia
Russian pianist, composer and teacher
Feld, Jindrich
19 Feb. 1925
Prague, Czechoslovakia
8 Jul. 2007
prague,, Czech Republic
Czech composer
Felderhof, Jan
25 Sep. 1907
Bussum, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer and conductor
Feldman, Barbara Monk
18 Jan 1953
Québec, Canada
 Canadian composer of mostly chamber works who has taught at Hochschule der Kunste (Berlin), California Institute of the Arts, and Northwestern University. Feldman's compositions have been performed worldwide, and as a composer she has received awards and commissions from Stichting Nieuwe Muziek Zeeland, Stiftung Kunsterlerhaus Boswil, Banff School of Fine Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, and many other institutions and organizations. She has been an active presenter and advocate for contemporary music, having founded Santa Fe's Timeshards new music performance series. She married the American composer Morton Feldman in June 1987
Feldman, Mark
17 Jul. 1955
Brooklyn, New York, USA
 American violinist and composer
Feldman, Morton
12 Jan. 1926
New York City, New York, USA
3 Sep. 1987
Buffalo, New York, USA
a major figure in 20th-century music, Feldman went through several compositional phases. He was a pioneer in aleatoric music and indeterminate music, and in music requiring improvisation. His works are characterized by quietness, slowness, and often by their extreme length, especially in his later music
Feller, Harald1951
Munich, Germany
 German organist and composer
Felsenthal, Amalie1841
 published composer of songs and piano works, including a set of 50 songs for children
Fenigstein, Victor
Zürich, Switzerland
 Swiss-born pianist and composer who has lived in Luxembourg since 1948
Fenis, Rudolf vonc.1150before 30 Aug. 1196German Minnesinger who came from the aristocratic Neuenberg family, with ties to the royal house of Burgundy. He belonged to an important group of Minnesinger who provided a link with trouvère song, absorbing and adapting form and subject matter from Romance verse and laying the foundation for the period of high Minnesang in Germany. His kinship with French culture is seen in the intellectual tone of his songs, particularly his thinking in antitheses. Seven or eight poems survive; melodies are provided by the Old French and Provençal models on which he based his songs
Fennesz, Christian
25 Dec. 1962
Vienna, Austria
 Austrian composer and guitarist
Fennimore, Joseph1940
New York, USA
 American composer and pianist
Fenton, George (né George Richard Ian Howe)
19 Oct. 1950
London, England
 British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. Fenton founded the Association of Professional Composers which later amalgamated with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and with the Composers Guild of Great Britain to become the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Music and is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music
Feo, Francesco
Naples, Italy
18 Jan. 1761
Naples, Italy
Italian composer of opera
Faragó, Béla
Kaposvár, Hungary
 Hungarian composer
Faragó, Péter Joseph
 Hungarian composer with an interest in Hungarian folk music some arrangements of which have been published for recorders by Barenreiter
Feragut, Beltrame (also known as Bertrand di Avignone)c.1385
Avignon, France
Aix, France
priest and composer who, having worked in Vicenza, was appointed maestro di cappella of Milan Cathedral (1425-30) and may then have moved to Ferrara. By 1449 he was a chaplain at the court of René d'Anjou at Aix. Ten compositions by him survive: four mass sections (including a Gloria-Credo pair), a hymn, a Magnificat, three motets and a rondeau
Ferdinand III of Hungary
13 Jul. 1608
Gratz, Styria
2 Apr. 1657
Vienna, Austria
a scholarly and cultured man, an excellent linguist and a composer of music. His musical works, together with those of the emperors Leopold I and Joseph I, have been published by G. Adler (Vienna, 1892-1893)
Ferguson, Barry
1942  head chorister at Exeter Cathedral and organ scholar at Peterhouse, Cambridge, became assistant organist at Peterborough Cathedral, Organist at Wimborne Minster, and Organist and Master of the Choristers at Rochester Cathedral. He studied composition with Herbert Howells, and his music is published by Novello, OUP, Cramer, Encore, Cathedral Music, Banks, Basil Ramsey and RSCM
Ferguson, Howard
21 Oct. 1908
Belfast, Ireland
1 Nov. 1999
Cambridge, UK
editor, pianist and composer. His musical gifts were recognized as a child of 13 and consequently he was given a fine musical education in composition, conducting and piano at Britain's Royal Academy of Music, as well as with private teachers. Despite consistently warm receptions to his compositions and the high regard of his musical peers, Ferguson has produced few works. His entire output consists of 19 opus numbers and two works without opus. Though afforded a long life, his composing career spans only 1927 to 1959. In his article on Ferguson in the New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Michael Hurd wrote, "After completing two extended choral works for the Gloucester meetings of the Three Choirs Festival, Amore Langueo (1956) and The Dream of the Rood (1959), he decided that he had said all he wished to say as a composer and courageously determined to write no more"
Ferguson, Ludwig Wilhelm von
German composer
Ferguson, Maynard
4 May 1928
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
23 Aug. 2006
Ventura, California
a Canadian jazz trumpet player and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton's orchestra, before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for being able to play accurately in a remarkably high register, and for his bands, which served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent
Ferlendis, Alessandro
1783c.1833Italian composer and a celebrated virtuoso oboe performer, one of the three sons of Giuseppe
Ferlendis, Giuseppe
Bergamo, Italy
Lisbon, Portugal
Italian composer and a celebrated virtuoso oboe and cor anglais performer
Ferling, Erik1733
1808the most important event in Finnish music in the 18th century was the founding of the Turun Soitannollinen Seura (Turku Music Society) in 1790. The Society brought together the best musicians in the city, and although its activities were far from continuous in the 19th century, it can be considered the direct predecessor of the present Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the Society's first active period (1790-1808), its conductor was the composer Erik Ferling
Fernandes, Gaspar
Puebla, New Spain
a Portuguese composer and organist active in the cathedrals of Santiago de Guatemala (present-day Antigua Guatemala) and Puebla de los Ángeles, New Spain (present-day Mexico)
Fernandez, Heraclio
Maracaibo, Venezuela
La Guaira, Venezuela
Venezuelan composer and pianist. Pieces including Misa a dos voces, the waltzes Ecos del corazón, Las variaciones sobre el araguato, Happy New Year, Al General Francisco Alcántara and the dances La juguetona, Violetas sensitivas, No me olvides and Recuerdos del teatro Naar constitute part of the rich music of Venezuela
Fernandez, José Loyola
1941, Cuba Cubian composer
Fernandez, Lorenzo
4 Nov. 1897
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27 Aug. 1948Brazilian composer
Fernandez de Huete, Diego
16501711Toledan cathedral harpist and composer. His two volume, Compendio numeroso en cifra para arpa, provides a thorough tutorial covering everything from simple secular dance tunes and songs over the fundaments of continuo playing to some of the most intricate and elaborate baroque style harp music we possess
Fernandez de Santiago, Rois
13th century a clergyman from Santiago de Compostela. One of his cantigas suggests that he accompanied Fernando III's army when it captured Seville from the Moors
Fernandez Hidalgo, Gutierre
c. 1547
11 Jun. 1623
La Plata, Bolivia
late Renaissance, Spanish-born composer who worked mainly in South America
Fernandez Palero, Francisco
Granada, Spain
composer and organist at the royal chapel in Granada for some forty years
Fernando, Jorge
 Portuguese guitarist, composer and fadisto
Fernando, Sunetra  since its formation in 1997, the Rhythm In Bronze gamelan ensemble led by artistic director, composer and ethnomusicologist Sunetra Fernando, has pioneered the emergence of a Malaysian gamelan with a global resonance. Sunetra and her friends have together trained a new kind of gamelan musician, brought the gamelan to a new contemporary concert stage and developed a new audience for its music
Ferneyhough, Brian
16 Jan. 1943
Coventry, England
 English composer
Fernstrom, John Axel
6 Dec. 1897
Ichang, China
19 Oct. 1961
Lund, Sweden
Swedish composer, painter, conductor, poet
Ferrabosco, Alfonso I
bap. 18 Jan. 1543
12 Aug. 1588
Bologna, Italy
Italian composer. While mostly famous as the solitary Italian madrigalist working in England, and the one mainly responsible for the growth of the madrigal there, he also composed much sacred music. He also may have been a spy for Elizabeth I while he was in Italy
Ferrabosco, Alfonso II
Greewich, London, England
bur. 11 Mar. 1628
Greenwich, London, England
English composer and viol player of Italian descent. He straddles the line between the Renaissance and Baroque eras. He was the illegitimate son of the Italian composer Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder. His mother might have been Susanna Symons, whom Alfonso the elder later married. Ferrabosco the younger was left under the guardianship of Gomer van Awsterwyke, a member of the queen's court. Although Alfonso the elder asked for Alfonso the younger to be sent to him in Italy, where he had moved with his wife, the queen insisted that he stay in England. Ferrabosco remains in Gomer van Awsterwyke's care until his death in 1592. At this time he started a long career as a court musician, including as the private music tutor of Prince Henry
Ferragutti, Toninho1959
São Paulo, Brazil
 Brazilian accordionist, arranger and composer
Ferrandini, Giovanni
Venice, Italy
25 Oct. 1791
Munich, Germany
Italian composer
Ferrari, Benedetto
Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy
22 Oct. 1681
Modena, Italy
Italian composer, particularly of opera, librettist and theorbo player
Ferrari, Luc
5 Feb.1929
Paris, France
22 Aug. 2005
Arezzo, Italy
French composer
Ferrari, Serafino (Amadeo) de
6 May 1824
Genoa, Italy
27 Mar. 1885
Genoa, Italy
Italian composer, pianist, organist and Kapellmeister
Ferrata, Giuseppe1856
Gradioli, Italy
28 Mar. 1928
New Orleans, USA
Italian pianist and composer who used the pseudonym G. F. Alice Lagarde
Ferré, Léo
24 Aug. 1916
14 Jul. 1993
Castellina, nr. Sienna, Italy
a monument of French chanson, revered throughout the francophone world, singer, songwriter, author, composer and conductor, mostly remembered for songs like Avec le Temps, Les Anarchistes, and Jolie Môme
Ferrer y Esteve, José Rafaël Juan
13 Mar. 1835
Torroella de Montgrí, nr. Girona, Spain
7 Mar. 1916
Barcelona, Spain
guitarist, composer and teacher
Ferretti, Giovanni
after 1609
possibly Rome, Italy
Italian composer of the Renaissance, best known for his secular music. He was important in the development of the lighter kind of madrigal current in the 1570s related to the villanella, and was influential as far away as England
Ferreyra, Beatriz21 Jun. 1937
Cordoba, Argentina
 Ferreyra participating in the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), under the leadership of Pierre Schaeffer, and contributed to Henri Chiarucci's and Guy Reibel's exploratory work Rapport entre la hauteur et la fondamentale d'un son musical, published in March 1966 in Revue Internationale d'Audiologie (Chiarucci and Reibel 1966). While at the GRM, Ms. Ferreyra aided in the realization of recordings for Pierre Schaeffer's Solfége de l'ObjetSonore (Schaeffer 1967), also working as a teacher and giving lectures at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris, France
Ferrières (vidame de Chartres), Guillaume dec.1145
French troubadour
Ferro, Marco Antonio
Vienna, Austria
Italian-born lutenist at the court of Emperor Ferdinand III in Vienna, and a composer who was probably a courtier of high rank as he calls himself Cavalier Aurato and Conte Palatino Cesareo in his Opus 1 published in 1649 in Venice
Fesca, Alexander
22 May 1820
Karlsruhe, Germany
22 Feb. 1849
Brunswick, Germany
German pianist and composer, son of Frederic Ernest Fesca
Fesca, Frederic Ernest
15 Feb. 1789
Magdeburg, Germany
24 May 1826
Carlsruhe, Germany
German violinist and composer of instrumental music
Fesch, Willem (or Wilhelm) de
The Netherlands
late 1750snot only a cellist, but also an organist. Probably a pupil of Rosier, Vice-Kapellmeister at Bonn, whose daughter he married. In the latter capacity he worked at the Antwerp Cathedral until 1725, when he undertook, as d'Eve's successor, the office of Choirmaster. (Alphonse d'Eve received the appointment of Choirmaster at the Antwerp Cathedral on November 5, 1718, having previously directed during a long period the choir of the church of St. Martin in Courtrai). But as he treated somewhat roughly the boys of the church choir entrusted to his direction, de Fesch dismissed in 1731. Soon thereafter he moved to London where he gave concerts and played violin in Handel's orchestra (in 1746). In 1748 nd 1749 he conducted at Marylebone Gardens. He apparently made no public appearances after 1750. His works included the oratorios Judith (1735) and Joseph (1746), both of which were given several performances but are now lost, as well as chamber dutes, solo and trio sonatas, concertos and part songs. He was still living there in 1757, as appears from the portrait of him in that year by Lacave. Also amongst his published compositions mentioned by Burney as dry and uninteresting, there are also six Violoncello solos printed at Amsterdam (Op. 8)
Festa, Costanzo
probably Piedmont
10 Apr. 1545
Rome, Italy
Italian composer of the Renaissance. While he is best known for his madrigals, he also wrote sacred vocal music. He was the first native Italian polyphonist of international renown
Fetherolf, David
New York, USA
 American cellist and composer
Fetis, Francois-Joseph
25 Mar. 1784
Mons, Hainaut, Belgium
26 Mar. 1871
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian musicologist, composer, critic and teacher. He was one of the most influential music critics of the 19th century, and his enormous compilation of biographical data in the Biographie universelle des musiciens remains an important source of information today
Fetras, Oscar (né Faster, Otto)16 Feb. 1854
Hamburg, Germany
11 Jan. 1931
Hamburg, Germany
German conductor and composer
Févin, Antoine de
Arras, France
late 1511/early 1512
Blois, France
a French composer of the Renaissance. He was active at the same time as Josquin Desprez, and shares many traits with his more famous contemporary
Févin, Robert de
fl. late 15th/early 16th centuries French composer of the Renaissance. He was the brother of Antoine de Févin, a considerably more famous composer at the court of Louis XII of France. Whether he was older or younger than Antoine is not known
Février, Pierre
Paris, France
French baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist
Fezandant, Michael
fl. mid-sixteenth century composer, lutenist and publisher
Fiala, Jaromir
30 Dec. 1892
Postoloprty, Czech Republic
15 May 1967
Prague, Czech Republic
Czech composer and writer on music
Fiala, Josef
3 Feb. 1748
Lochovice, Bohemia
31 Jul. 1816
Donaueschingen, Germany
Czech oboist, cellist and composer much admired by Mozart
Fiala, Petr25 Mar. 1943
Czech Republic
 Czech director of The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno and composer
Fiamengo, Francesco di Pietro Fabrifl. 1620-1637 Sicilian priest-composer
Fiamengo (Werrecore)(de Vlaming), Mathias Hermann
Vercore, Italy
Flemish composer who worked as maestro di cappella at the Milan Cathedral
Fibich, Zdenek
21 Dec. 1850
Caslav, Czech Republic
15 Oct. 1900
Prague, Czech Republic
Czech composer and pianist
Field, John
26 Jul 1782
Dublin, Ireland
23 Jan 1837
Moscow, Russia
an Irish composer and pianist. He is best known for being the first composer to write nocturnes
Fields, Dorothy
15 Jul. 1905
Allenhurst, New Jersey, USA
28 Mar. 1974
New York City, USA
American librettist and lyricists
Fields, Herbert
26 Jul. 1897
New York City, USA
24 Mar. 1958
New York City, USA
American librettist and screenwriter, brother of Dorothy Fields
Figgis, Mike
28 Feb. 1948
Carlisle, England
 British film director, producer, writer, composer and musician
Figueira, Guilhem de
fl. 1230s Languedocian jongleur and troubadour from Toulouse active at the court of the Emperor Frederick II
Figueroa, Narciso
31 Oct. 1906
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
 musician, composer and collector of folk songs
Filiberto (or Filiberti), (Oscar) Juan de Dios
8 May 1885
Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 Nov. 1964
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinian composer of creole music and tango
Filippenko, Arkady
Pishcha-Vodycia, Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian composer
Fillmore, Augustus Dameron
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
singer and composer of revival hymns and compiler of several tunebvooks using conventional shape-notes
Fillmore, (James) Henry
3 Dec. 1881
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
7 Dec. 1956
Florida, USA
grandson of Augustus Dameron Fillmore, Henry Fillmore was a composer and publisher who wrote over 250 tunes and made orchestral arrangements for hundreds more
Filsell, Jeremy
10 Apr. 1964
Coventry, England
 English pianist, organist and composer
Filtz (Fils), Johann Anton(in)
22 Sep. 1733
Eichstadt, Germany
14 Mar. 1760
Mannheim, Germany
a 'cellist whose father, also a 'cellist, was probably his first music teacher. In 1754, Anton became a second 'cellist in Germany's finest orchestra at Mannheim where he continued his studies with Johann Stamitz. He composed masses,concertos, trio sonatas and more than forty symphonies and remained at Mannheim until his early death
[information supplied by Derek Ivor Hartwell]
Finck, Hermann
21 Mar. 1527
Pima, Germany
28 Dec. 1558
Wittenberg, Germany
a German organist and composer, a great-nephew of Heinrich Finck. His theoretical writing included his observations on the art of singing and of ornamentations in song. His most celebrated work is entitled Practica musica, exemplavariorum signorum, proportionum, et canonum, judicium de louis ac quaedam de arle suaviter et arlificiose cantandi conhinens (Wittenberg, 1556). It is rare and of great historic value
Finck, Heinrich
probably Bamberg
probably Stuttgart, Germany
a German composer whose surviving works are mainly part songs and other vocal compositions
Fine, Irving
3 Dec. 1914
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
23 Aug. 1962
Natick, Massachusetts, USA
American composer
Finger, Gottfried (Godfrey)
Olomouc, Czech Republic
31 Aug. 1730
Mannheim, Germany
Moravian composer
Fink, Michael Jon
7 Dec. 1954
Los Angeles, California, USA
 composer of instrumental and electronic music
Finke, Fidelio Fritz
22 Oct. 1891
Josefsthal, nr. Gablonz, Bohemia
12 Jun. 1968
Dresden, Germany
German composer and pedagogue
Finney, Ross Lee
23 Dec. 1906
Wells, Minnesota, USA
4 Feb. 1997
Carmel, California, USA
American composer
Finnissy, Michael
7 Mar. 1946
Tulse Hill, London, England
 English composer
Finsterer, Mary
25 Aug. 1962
Canberra, Australia
 Australian composer
Finzi, Gerald
14 Jul. 1901
London, England
27 Sep. 1956
Oxford, England
English composer
Finzi, Graciane
7 Oct. 1945
Casablanca, Morocco
 French composer
Fiocchi, Vincenzo1767
Rome, Italy
Paris, France
Italian opera composer who spent the last fifty years of his life in Paris
Fiocco, Joseph Hector
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Flemish (Belgian) composer and violinist, son of Pietro Antonio Fiocco
Fiocco, Pietro Antonio
3 Feb. 1654
Venice, Italy
3 Sep. 1714
Brussels, Belgium
Italian composer, father of Joseph Hector Fiocco
Fiorenza, Nicolafl. 1726-1764 Italian composer from Florence
Fiorillo, Federigo
Brunswick, Germany
c.1823Italian-German violinist and composer, who was a pupil of his father, the opera composer Ignazio Fiorillo. He travelled extensively on concert tours, being appointed Kapellmeister in Riga in 1782. He visited Paris in 1785, and from 1788 to 1794 lived in London, where he appeared mostly as a viola player
Fiorillo, Ignazio
11 May 1715
Naples, Italy
Jun. 1787
Fritzlar, Germany
Italian opera composer and Hofkapellmeister in courts of Brunswick and Kassel
Firenze, Andrea da
probably Florence, Italy
Italian composer and organist of the late medieval era. Along with Francesco Landini and Paolo da Firenze, he was a leading representative of the Italian ars nova style of the trecento, and was a prolific composer of secular songs, principally ballate
Firenze, Donato da Cascia da
fl. c.1350-1370 Italian composer of the trecento. All of his surviving music is secular, and the largest single source is the Squarcialupi Codex. He was probably also a priest, and the picture that survives of him in the Squarciulupi Codex shows him in the robes of the Benedictine order
Firenze, Gherardello da (see Francesco, Niccolò di)   
Firenze, Lorenzo da
 Dec. 1372/Jan. 1373also known as Lorenzo Masini and Lorenzo di Masi, Italian composer and music teacher of the trecento. He was closely associated with Francesco Landini in Florence, and was one of the composers of the period known as the Italian ars nova
Firenze, Paolo da
Florence, Italy
after 20 Sep. 1436
Florence, Italy
Italian composer and music theorist of the late 14th and early 15th centuries, the transition from the musical Medieval era to the Renaissance. More surviving music of the Italian ars nova is attributable to Paolo than to any other composer except for Francesco Landini
Firpo, Roberto
pianist who was also one of the first composers of tangos. Firpo studied with pianist Alfredo Bevilacqua (1874-1942), one of the earliest teachers of tango and author of a tango method book. After performing in small groups in different establishments throughout the city, Firpo formed his own orchestra, which would in turn be the launching pad for many other important careers
Firsova, Elena
21 Mar. 1950, Leningrad, Russia Firsova's music has many of the qualities of lyric verse, especially the confessional variety. The majority of her music is connected in one way or another with the poetry of Osip Mandelstam. A great number of her works are cast in a single movement although these single movements follow much the same ternary design, where the three sections are markedly similar in character, perhaps with a suggestion of "development" in the second section and "recapitulation" in the third. When multi-movement works do occur in Firsova's output, they tend to be the result of her setting contrasted poems. In recent years Firsova has extended her range of colours by venturing into the world of the larger orchestra, but she has still retained the same time-scale and formal preoccupations already familiar in her chamber works
Firtich Georgiy Ivanovich
Pskov, Russia
 professor of music at St. Petersburg Pedagogical University whose compositional work is mostly as a serious music composer (works for symphony orchestra, chamber genres) although he also writes for the theatre (Adventures of Captain Vrungel based on the fairy-tale by V. Nekrasov), cinema (more than 35 films, including music for cartoon films) and TV
Fischer, Clare
22 Oct. 1928
Durand, Michigan, USA
 American composer, arranger, pianist and organist
Fischer, Ernst19001975German composer
Fischer, Johann
25 Sep. 1646
Augsburg, Germany
Schwedt, Germany
German composer and violinist
Fischer, Johann (Carl) Christian
17331800German oboist and composer. Concert tours took him in 1768 to London, England, where he settled, marrying the daughter of the painter Thomas Gainsborough in 1780. He played frequently at the concerts promoted by Johann Christian Bach and Carl Abel (1768-81), and was a member of the queen's band. He was in the service of the Saxon court at Dresden 1760-64. He was again on tour in Europe 1786-90. Mozart, hearing him in Vienna in 1787, thought little of his playing, though he had already composed piano variations on a minuet by Fischer (K179) in 1774
Fischer, Johann Caspar (or Kaspar) Ferdinand
Schönfeld, Bohemia
Rastatt, Germany
German composer. Johann Nikolaus Forkel ranked Fischer as one of the best composers for keyboard of his day, however, partly due to the rarity of surviving copies of his music, his music is rarely heard today
Fischer, Paul
1943 English bass singer, organist and composer
Fiser, Lubos
30 Sep. 1935
Prague, Czech Republic
22 Jun. 1999
Prague, Czech Republic
Czech composer
Fisher, Fred
30 Sep. 1875
Cologne, Germany
14 Jan. 1942
New York, NY, USA
composer, author, pub­lisher
Fisher, John Abraham
17441806English violinist and composer
Fisher, Mark
24 Mar. 1895
Philadelphia, PA, USA
2 Jan. 1948
Long Lake, INgelside, USA
American composer and conductor
Fisher, William Arms
27 Apr. 1861
San Francisco, California, USA
18 Dec. 1948
Brookline, Mass. USA
American composer, author and editor
Fisher Turner, Simon
21 Nov. 1954
Dover, Kent
 English musician, songwriter, composer and actor
Fitelberg, Grzegorz
18 Oct. 1879
Dvinsk, Latvia
10 Jun. 1953
Katowice, Poland
Polish conductor, violinist and composer
Fitelberg, Jerzy
20 May 1903
Warsaw, Poland
25 Apr. 1951
New York, USA
Polish-born US composer. He played percussion in his father Grzegorz's orchestra as a boy and studied composition at the Warsaw Conservatory and under Franz Schreker in Berlin, Germany. He settled in Paris, France, in 1933 and in New York, USA, in 1940. His fourth string quartet (1937) received an Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge award
Fitkin, Graham
19 Apr. 1963
Cornwall, England
 English composer
Fitts, Charles
 Charles Fitts began his musical career at the University of Georgia at the age of 15. After appearances as piano soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and several solo recitals he was called to military duty as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War. Upon returning to the United States he embarked on a career in the growing computer technology field. In 1998 Mr. Fitts returned to music composition as a full time career. He combines his widely varied experiences in music, computer technology, and mathematics in the composition of major works for chamber ensembles, voice, synthesizer and symphony orchestra. He relies heavily on the computer as a composition productivity aid and upon his mathematical background as a tool for adding structural, philosophical and contrapuntal content to his works
Fitzenhagen, Wilhelm
15 Sep. 1848
Seesen, Brunswick, Germany
2 Feb. 1890
Moscow, Russia
German cellist and composer
Flagello, Nicolas
15 Mar. 1928
New York, USA
16 Mar. 1994
New Rochelle, New York, USA
American composer
Flaherty, Stephen
18 Sep. 1960
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
 American composer of musical theatre in collaboration with Lynn Ahrens. They are best known for the shows Once on This Island, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards and Ragtime, which was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won Best Original Score
Flanagan, Tommy
6 Feb. 1927
Baltimore, MD, USA
 American jazz composer, arranger, trombonist and educator
Flandria, Ugo de (see Isaac, Heinrich)   
Flecha, Mateo I
Prades, Spain
Poblet, Spain
uncle of the composer below, Spanish composer noted particular for his ensaladas
Flecha, Mateo II
nephew of the composer above, Spanish composer who spent many years working in Italy, Vienna, Prague and Hungary
Fleck, Béla
10 Jul. 1958
New York City, NY, USA
 American virtuoso banjo player who is best known for his work with the band 'Béla Fleck and the Flecktones', with bassist Victor Wooten, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, and percussionist Future Man. He is also an arranger and composer
Fleischmann, Aloys
13 Apr. 1910
Munich, Germany
21 Jul. 1992
Cork, Ireland
Irish composer and musicologist. In addition he wrote several books and articles on Irish music
Flem, Kjell
25 Oct. 1943
Alesund, Norway
 Norwegian composer, organist and pianist
Flem, Paul le
18 Mar. 1881
Radon, Orne, France
31 Jul. 1984
Tréguier, Côtes d'Armor, France
French composer and musician. Le Flem studied at the Schola Cantorum under Vincent d'Indy and Albert Roussel, later teaching at the same establishment, where his pupils included Erik Satie and André Jolivet. His music is strongly influenced by his native Brittany, the landscape of which is reflected in most of his work
Fletcher, Percy
12 Dec. 1879
Derby, England
10 Dec. 1932
London, England
English light-music composer
Fleury, Andre
25 Jul. 1903
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
6 Aug. 1995
Le Vésinay, France
French composer, pianist, organist, and pedagogue
Flies, Bernhard
possibly Berlin, Germany
 German amateur composer, best known for music to the lullaby Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein (Sleep, my little prince, fall asleep)
Flintoft, Lukec.1680
Worcester, England
London, England
a minor canon of the Chapel Royal, whose double chant in G minor, is among the best esteemed of its class
Flor, Christian
16261697German organist and composer, particular of keyboard music
Florence, Robert Chase
20 May 1932
Los Angeles, California, USA
15 May 2008
Thousand Oaks, California, USA
American pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader
Florentia, Andreas de (or Andreas da Florentia)
 1415Italian composer and organist of the late medieval era. Along with Francesco Landini and Paolo da Firenze, he was a leading representative of the Italian ars nova style of the Trecento, and was a prolific composer of secular songs, principally ballate
Florentia, Gherardello de (or Niccolo di Francesco or Ghirardellus de Florentia?)
c.1320 to 1325
probably nr. Florence, Italy
1362 or 1363
nr. Florence, Italy
Italian composer of the Trecento, who was one of the first composers of the period sometimes known as the Italian ars nova
Florentia, Maestro Giovanni de (or Giovanni da Cascia, Jovannes de Cascia, Johannes de Florentia)
fl. mid-fourteenth century Italian composer
Florentia, Jovannes de (also Giovanni Mazzuoli, Giovanni di Niccol, Giovanni degli Organi)
late 14th/early 15th century Italian organist and composer. His positions included organist at Florence Cathedral, from after 1390 to 1426. Probably a pupil and later a friend of Landini
Florentia, Magister Laurentius de (also Lorenzo da Firenze, Masini)
 Dec. 1372/Jan. 1373Italian composer and music teacher of the Trecento. He was closely associated with Francesco Landini in Florence, and was one of the composers of the period known as the Italian ars nova
Florentz, Jean-Louis
19 Dec. 1947
Asnières, France
4 Jul. 2004
Paris, France
French composer
Flores, José Asunción
27 Aug. 1904
La Chacarita, Asunción, Paraguay
16 May 1972
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paraguayan composer and creator of the Guarania music genre
Florian, Heinz Josef
1955 composer of electroacoustic music
Florio, Caryl (see Robjohn, William James)   
Flosason, Sigurdur (also Siggi Flosa)
1964 Icelandic jazz saxophonist and composer
Flothuis, Marius
30 Oct. 1914
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
13 Nov. 12001
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer, musicologist and music critic
Flotow, Friedrich von
27 Apr. 1812
Teutendorf, Germany
24 Jan. 1883German composer. He is chiefly remembered for his opera Martha, which was popular at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, but is now rarely performed.
Flower, Eliza
English musician and composer of hymns. Robert Browning was friends with Eliza and her sister Sarah (1805-1848) and they later lived with his future friend and mentor, the Reverend W.J. Fox
Flower, Sarah
English actress, poetess and writer of hymns in particular 'Nearer, My God, to Thee'. Robert Browning was friends with Sarah and her sister Eliza (1803-1848)
Floyd, Carlisle
11 Jun. 1926
Latta, South Carolina, USA
 American opera composer, the son of a Methodist minister. He based many of his works on themes from the South. His best known opera, Susannah (1955), is based a story in the so-called Apocrypha, transferred to contemporary, rural Tennessee, and is set in a Southern dialect
Flury, Richard
26 Mar. 1896
Biberist, Switzerland
23 Dec. 1967
Biberist, Switzerland
Swiss conductor and composer
Focke, Fré
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5 Feb. 1989
Bergen, The Netherlands
Dutch pianist and composer
Focking, Hendrik
17 Aug. 1747
Danzig, Germany
7 Apr. 1796
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch-German composer
Fodor, Carolus Antonius/Antoine (also Carel Anton)
12 Apr. 1768
Venlo, The Netherlands
22 Feb. 1846
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch pianist, conductor and composer
Fodor, Carolus (or Charles) Emanuel
1759c.1799older brother of Carolus Antonius, Dutch composer
Fodor, Josephus Andreas
21 Jan. 1751
Venlo, The Netherlands
3 Oct. 1828
St. Petersburg, Russia
Dutch violinist and composer, pupil of Benda and brother of Carolus Antonius and Carolus Emanuel Fodor. He toured extensively as a virtuoso throughout Europe, settling in Paris in 1787 and in St. Petersburg in 1792. His daughter was the soprano Joséphine Fodor-Mainvielle (1789-1870) who took part in the London or Paris premières of several Rossini operas, scoring her biggest success in the title role of Semiramide (1825)
Fogg, Eric
Manchester, England
London, England
English composer, pianist and conductor
Foggia, Francesco
8 Jan. 1688
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Fogliano (da Modena), Giacomo (or Jacopo)
Modena, Italy
10 Apr. 1548
Modena, Italy
Italian composer, brother of Lodvico Fogliano (died c.1538)
Fogliano, Lodovico
 c.1538Italian choir master, musical theorist and composer, brother of Giacomo Fogliano (1468-1548)
Fokking, Hendrik (see Focking, Hendrik)   
Folkertsma, Paulus
15 Jan. 1901
Wommels, The Netherlands
4 May 1972
Aldeboarn, The Netherlands
teacher and composer
Folquet de Marselha
Marseille, France
25 Dec. 1231
Toulouse, France
alternatively Folquet de Marseille, Foulques de Toulouse, Fulk of Toulouse, he came from a Genoese merchant family who lived in Marseille. Initially famed as a troubadour, he began composing songs in the 1170s and was known to Raymond Geoffrey II of Marseille, Richard Coeur de Lion, Raymond V of Toulouse, Raimond-Roger of Foix, Alfonso II of Aragon and William VIII of Montpellier. He is known primarily for his love songs, which were lauded by Dante; there are 14 surviving cansos, one tenson, one lament, one invective, three crusading songs and possibly one religious song (although its authorship is disputed)
Fomenko, Mykola
1961he came to New York in 1951 and taught at the Ukrainian Music Institute of America. His works include operas, symphonic compositions, chamber music, and art songs
Fomenko, Nikolai
My 1962
Leningrad, Russia
 Russian composer who was one of the original members of Sekret, a Leningrad-based pop-show in the 1980s
Fomin (or Phomin), Evstigney (Yevstigney) Ipatovich16 Aug. 1761
St. Petersburg, Russia
27 Apr. 800
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian composer
Fonseca, Celso
15 Nov. 1956
Rio de Janeiro
 Brazilian composer, producer and guitarist
Fonseca Portugal, Marcos António da
24 Mar. 1762
Lisbon, Portugal
17 Feb. 1830
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese composer who achieved international fame for his operas in Italian
Fontaine, Pierre
Rouen, France
Burgundy, France
French composer of the transitional era between the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, and a member of the Burgundian School of composers. While he was well-known at the time, most of his music has probably been lost. All of his surviving music is secular, and all his compositions are chansons
Fontaines, Philippe de
fl. 12th century musician, possibly a composer
Fontana, Bill
25 Apr. 1947
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
 pioneer in the field of sound art
Fontana, Giovanni Battista
Padua, Italy
known to history for only one publication Sonate a 1.2.3. per il violino, o cornetto, fagotto, chitarone, violoncino o simile altro istromento (Venice, 1641), which appears to be a posthumous collection hastily assembled from manuscript sources
Fontanelli, Alfonso
15 Feb. 1557
Reggio nell'Emilia
11 Feb. 1622
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer, writer, diplomat, courtier, and nobleman of the late Renaissance. He was one of the leading figures in the musically progressive Ferrara school in the late 16th-century, and one of the earliest composers in the seconda pratica style at the transition to the Baroque era
Fontanelli, Lodovico
fl.1733 Italian lutenist and composer
Fontei, Nicolò
c.1600c.1647Italian composer
Fontyn, Jacqueline
27 Dec. 1930
Antwerp, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Foote, Arthur
5 Mar. 1853
Salem, MA, USA
8 Apr. 1937
Boston, MA, USA
distinguished American composer, organist, and teacher who was, for many years, the organist of Boston First Unitarian Church
[entry prompted by Terry L. Mueller]
Forchhammer, Theophil1847
Schiers, Switzerland
Magdeburg, Germany
studied music at the Stuttgart conservatory where his teachers were Eduard Adolf Tod (counterpoint) and Wilhelm Immanuel Faißt (organ). Forchhammer was appointed organist in Thalwil and later in Olten after which he was appointed organist of the Marienkirche in Wismar. From here he was able to extend his knowledge of counterpoint in Berlin with Friedrich Kiel (1821-1885). He also travelled to Weimar to have Liszt evaluate his compositions
Ford, Andrew
18 Mar. 1957
Liverpool, England
 English and Australian composer, writer and radio presenter
Ford, Ron
29 Sep. 1959
Kansas City, USA
 American-born composer who has lived in Amsterdam since 1983
Ford, Thomas
17 Nov. 1648
London, England
English composer, lutenist, viol player and poet
Ford, Trevor
Tasmania, Australia
 Australian-born British band-master and composer
Førde, Jan Magne1960
 well known jazz trumpeter, arranger and composer of more than 250 works for all types of ensembles, he has written several pieces for wind band, the most popular and frequently performed being Wedding March, The Dome (a beautiful trumpet solo with interesting echo effects in the band), and Mountain Air. His trumpet concerto Hornhavet (14') is a meeting of Norwegian traditional music and international rhythms and sounds
Fordell, Erik19171981composer of 44 Symphonies from 1949 onwards, a record unbroken in Finnish music until Leif Segerstam surpassed it in 2000
Forest, John
fl. early 15th century one of many composers working at the same period as John Dunstaple or Dunstable (c.1390-1453) many work of which have on closer study been shown to have been composed by contemporaries including Gilles Binchois, John Benet, John Bedyngham, Leonel Power and John Forest
Forestier, Mathurin
c.1540French Renaissance composer. The motet Veni, sancte spiritus appeared under Josquin des Prez' name for the first time in Hans Ott's 1537 print and was unquestioningly believed to be by him until 1985, when a unique but credible attribution of the work to "M. Forestier" was rediscovered in a French manuscript dated 1510-1520
Foresythe, Reginald
28 May 1907
London, England
28 Dec. 1958
London, England
pianist, bandleader and jazz music composer who was the son of a Nigerian barrister and German mother. His family lived in a West African community in Shepherd's Bush
Foretic, Silvio
21 Dec. 1940
Split, Croatia
 Croatian composer now based in Germany
Formosa, Riccardo (also Ric or Rick)
1 Sep. 1954
Rome, Italy
 award-winning Italian-born Australian musician, arranger and composer who was the lead guitarist for pop band Little River Band from 1975 to 1976
Fornaci, Giacomo
fl. early 17th century known principally for his Amorosi respiri musicali published in Venice in 1617
Fornerod, Aloys-Henri-Gerard
6 Jan. 1890
Cudrefin, Switzerland
8 Jan. 1965
Fribourg, Switzerland
Swiss composer who studied composition at the Schola Cantorum de Paris with Vincent d'Indy (1909-1911)
Fornsete, John of
Forncett, Norfolk1238/9English monk at Reading Abbey who is credited by some with composing Sumer is icumen in
Forqueray (Forcroy), Antoine ("le père")
Sep 1671
Paris, France
28 Jun. 1745
French composer and virtuoso of the viola da gamba
Forqueray (Forcroy), Jean-Baptiste ("le fils")
3 Apr. 1699
Paris, France
Aug. 1782
Paris, France
son of Antoine Forqueray, was a player of the viol and a composer.
Forqueray (Forcroy), Michel
Paris, France
1757French composer, brother of Antoine
Forqueray (Forcroy), Nicolas-Gilles ("le neveu")
Paris, France
1791French composer, son of Antoine
Forrest, George
31 Jul. 1915
Brooklyn, New York, US
10 Oct. 1999
Miami, Florida, US
George Forrest Chichester, Jr., he was also known professionally at times as Chet Forrest. He was a writer of music and lyrics for musical theatre best known for the show Kismet, adapted from the works of Alexander Borodin
Forsberg, Roland
Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish composer, arranger, organist and choirmaster
Forsman, Kristina
Umeå, Sweden
 Swedish composer
Forsström, Timo1961
 horn player in Kaartin Soittokunta,The Finnish Army Band in Helsinki and successful composer for wind instruments, such as the internationally acclaimed Variations for Wind Orchestra (1975/88), Fantasia for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra (1986) and the dynamic fanfares (1984, 1985, 1987 and 1996). Other works by Eerola for wind band include Syksyisiä kuvia (Autumn Scenes, 1985), the Suite for Wind Orchestra (1992) and the Music for Brass Quintet and Wind Orchestra (1998)
Förster (or Foerster), Adolphe Martin
2 Feb. 1854
Pittsburg, USA
10 Aug. 1927
American composer, teacher, pianist, and performer
Förster, Christoph (full first names were Johann Christoph Friedrich)
30 Nov.1693
Bibra, Thuringa
5/6 Dec. 1745
German composer
Förster, Emanuel Aloys
26 Jan. 1748
Niedersteine bei Glatz, Prussia
12 Nov. 1823
Vienna, Austria
composer and music teacher, who spent most of his life in Vienna, Austria
Förster (or Foerster), Josef Bohuslav
22 Feb. 1859
Osenice, Czechosolvakia
29 May 1951
Stara Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
Czech composer of classical music
[entry prompted by Terry L. Mueller]
Forster, Kaspar (or Caspar)
February 1616
Danzig, Germany
2 Feb. 1673
Oliva, nr. Danzig
German singer and composer
Forsyth, Malcolm
8 Dec. 1936
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
5 Jul. 2011
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
South African and Canadian trombonist and composer
Fort, Bernard
8 Jun. 1954, Lyon, France French composer
Fortescue Harrison, Annie
18511944 English composer of songs and piano pieces who married in 1877 after which she became known as Lady Arthur Hill. The Hill family did bridge class barriers but they objected to the romance between Miss Annie Fortescue Harrison, the talented, accomplished musician daughter of a Sussex MP, who came to Hillsborough Castle. Lord Arthur Hill and Miss Harrison fell in love but the family objected to their second son marrying a penniless, landless commoner. Annie was popular in the village, played the organ in the parish church and ministered to the needs of the poorer people in the parish. Lord Arthur was intent on marrying her but Annie did not want to be the cause of a rift in the family and fled to England. Arthur searched, was unable to find her and married another Annie - Annie Nisida Denham Cookes, but just a year after their wedding she died (1874) and is commemorated in a stained-glass window in the Wakehurst chapel of Ardingley parish church in Sussex. Some time later at a London concert Arthur Hill heard for the first time the plaintive song of parted lovers, In the Gloaming (published 1877) - found it had been composed by his lost love! The two were reunited and the Hill family finally gave the couple their blessing and Lord and Lady Hill took up residence in Hillsborough Castle, their marriage lasted 50 years until Lord Arthur's death in 1931. Lady Hill survived him by 14 years. Lady Hill wrote operettas and her small C. P. England organ, dating from 1795, was presented to the parish church of St. Malachi when the Hills left the area in 1924 and is still played during church services. The church dates from 1636, and the east window with its depiction of angels with wings under their chins is the design of Sir Joshua Reynolds. The Hill family home Hillsborough Castle was purchased by the state in 1922
Fortner, Wolfgang
12 Oct. 1907
Leipzig, Germany
5 Sep. 1987
Heidelberg, Germany
German composer and teacher who has written a number of works featuring the organ including Organ Concerto (1932), Toccata und Fuge (1930) and Intermezzos (1962)
[information supplied by Terry L. Mueller]
Fortsch, Wolfgang
16754 Mar. 1743
Nürnberg, Germany
German composer
Foscarini, Giovanni Paolo
fl. 1600-1647 Italian guitarist, lutenist, theorist and composer
Foskett, Ben
1977 London and Paris-based British composer
Foss, Lukas
15 Aug. 1922
Berlin, Germany
 German-born organist, composer and conductor who has been resident in the US since about 1935. His works comprise mainly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and piano works
Foster, Al
18 Jan. 1943
Richmond, Virginia, USA
 American jazz drummer and composer
Foster, Frank (also known as Frank Benjamin Foster III)
23 Sep. 1928
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
26 Jul. 2011
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
American tenor and soprano saxophonist, flautist, arranger, and composer
Foster of High Green, Yorkshire, John
17521822a coroner and amateur musician who composed two books of sacred music in a 19th-century classical style published between 1817 and 1822
Foster, Stephen Collins
4 Jul. 1826
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, USA
13 Jan. 1864
New York City, USA
known as "the father of American music", Foster was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlour and minstrel music
Fotiadis, Stelios
24 Jul. 1951
Thessaloniki, Greece
 Greek composer
Fougstedt, Nils-Eric
24 May 1910
12 Apr. 1961a conductor who championed a lot of new Finnish music, was also one of the first Finnish composers to cross the line into dodecaphony. His Angoscia (1954) was the first dodecaphonic orchestral work written in Finland. Fougstedt's most impressive work is Aurea dicta (1959) for choir and orchestra
Foulds, John
2 Nov. 1880
Hulme, Manchester
25 Apr. 1939
Calcutta, India
English composer particularly of light music and theatre scores
Fourdrain, Félix3 Feb. 1880
Paris, France
23 Oct. 1923
Paris, France
his father was organist, and he replaced him at the age of twelve. He then studied organ with Guilmant and Widor at the Paris Conservatory and composition with Jules Massenet, who became a close friend. Fourdrain won the first prize for organ in 1902. After his studies he spent most of his time for composing. He befriended Henri Cain and Arthur Bernède, who wrote a libretto for him, and he completed his first opera in 1903, after which he continued to write successful operas
Fournival, Richart de
1201c. 1260a medieval philosopher and trouvère best known for the lyrical poem Bestiaire d'amour ("The Bestiary of Love")
Fowler, Dylan
Tripoli, Libya
 guitarist, composer and folk music collaborator, based for much of his life in south Wales
Fox, Christopher
York, UK
 English composer
Fox, Jim
Indiana, USA
 American composer, and also founder and director of the recording label Cold Blue
Fox, Terry
  Known for his work in the sports and TV industries, American composer Fox has worked extensively with the NFL, the NBA, and TV shows Grown-ish and CSI: New Orleans
Frachen, Victor Van
8 May 1924
18 Nov. 1999
Affligem, Belgium
Belgian composer, baritone, organist, music critic and teacher
Frampton, Roger
20 May 1948
Portsmouth, UK
4 Jan. 2000
Australian jazz pianist, saxophonist, composer, and educator
Franc, Guillaume
c. 1505
Rouen, France
Lausanne, Switzerland
French composer and contributer to the Geneva Psalter
Francaix, Jean
23 May 1912
Le Mans, France
25 Sep. 1997
Paris, France
French composer
[entry provided by LB Venema]
Francescatti, Zino (full first names were René-Charles "Zino")
9 Aug. 1902
Marseilles, France
17 Sep. 1991
La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
French virtuoso violinist
Franceschini, Petronio
9 Jan. 1651
4 Dec. 1680
Baroque composer from Italy.
Francesco, Niccolò di (also Gherardello da Firenze)
nr. Florence, Italy
Froence, Italy
Italian composer of the trecento, he was one of the first composers of the period sometimes known as the Italian ars nova
Francesconi, Luca
17 Mar. 1956
Milan, Italy
 Italian composer
Franchetti, Alberto
18 Sep. 1860
Turin, Italy
4 Aug. 1942
Viareggio, Italy
Italian composer of operas
Franchetti, Arnold
Lucca, Italy
7 Mar. 1993
Cromwell, Connecticut, USA
son of Alberto Franchetti, Italian-born, American composer
Franchomme, Auguste
10 Apr 1808
Lille, France
21 Jan 1884
Paris, France
French cellist and composer. His compositions, consisting of a Concerto, Nocturnes, Etudes, Variations, and a variety of smaller Drawing-room pieces, have still some value for cello players. His best productions are the Twelve Caprices (Op. 7)
Francisco de Leon  composer of music found in the Latin American mss. Guatemala (ca. 1570-1635) which consist of 13 bound volumes and two fragments. Francisco de Leon was maestro de capilla in northwestern Guatemala
Franciscus, magister (see Andrieu, François)   
Francisque, Antoine
c. 1570
Saint-Quentin, France
5 Oct. 1605
Paris, France
16th-century French lutenist and composer
Franck, César(-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert)
10 Dec. 1822
Liège, Belgium
8 Nov. 1890
Paris, France
composer, organist and music teacher of Belgian origin, was one of the great figures in classical music in France (and the world) in the second half of the 19th century. He was organist of Église de Ste-Clothilde, Paris from 1858 until his death. His best known works for organ include 6 Pièces (1860-2) (comprising Fantaisie in C Major, Grande pièce symphonique in f# minor, Prélude, fugue et variation in b minor, Pastorale in E Major, Prière in c# minor, Final in Bb Major), his 3 Pièces (1878) (comprising Fantaisie in A Major, Cantabile in B Major, Pièce héroïque in b minor), his 3 Chorals (1890) (comprising Choral No. 1 in E Major, Choral No. 2 in b minor and Chorale No. 3 in a minor)
[additional information supplied by Terry L. Mueller]
Franck, Eduard
5 Oct. 1817
Breslau, Silesia
1 Dec. 1893
son of Richard Franck, German composer, pianist and music pedagogue
Franck, Melchior
Zittau, Germany
1 Jun. 1639
Coburg, Germany
a German composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was a hugely prolific composer of Protestant church music, especially motets, and assisted in bringing the stylistic innovations of the Venetian School north across the Alps into Germany
Franck, Richard
3 Jan. 1858
22 Jan. 1938father of Eduard Franck, German pianist, composer and teacher
Franco, Hernando
Galizuela, Spain
28 Nov. 1585
probably Mexico City, Mexico
a Spanish composer of the Renaissance, who was mainly active in Guatemala and Mexico. Some hymns in the Nahuatl language by a composer of the same name (Hernando don Franco) are now presumed to be the work of a native composer who took Franco's name, as was the custom, on his conversion to Christianity and baptism (if so, they may be the earliest extant notated music in the European tradition by a Native American composer)
Franco, Johan Henri Gustave
12 Jul. 1908
Zaandam, Netherlands
14 Apr. 1988
Virginia Beach, USA
Dutch-born, American composer
Franco, Miguel
1962, Murcia, Spain Madrid-based Spanish composer
Francoeur, François
21 Sep 1698
Paris, France
5 August 1787
Paris, France
At a time when the violin had long suffered from a certain contempt in France because of its Italian origins and its use as a street instrument (Pierre Trichet said in 1640: "Violins are chiefly employed for dances, balls, ballets, masquerades, serenades, aubades, banquets and other cheerful pastimes..."(Traité des instruments de musique.") Francoeur belongs to the first generation of musicians to devote themselves entirely to the violin as performer and composer
François, Samson1924
an erratic pianist, a precocious prodigy who played a Mozart concerto when only six, he studied with Marguerite Long, and "acquired his technique from listening to Vladimir Horowitz 78s." And his technique, indeed, was prodigious, as was his imagination. After he was recognized in the concert world he spent much of his time in Paris clubs and all-night bars listening to and playing jazz, living the supreme Bohemian life. He played Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1947 (and later recorded it for EMI with Witold Rowicki conducting), and toured rather extensively, although he sometimes missed concerts reportedly because of drug abuse. In 1955 he received the Grand prix du Disque for a Chopin disk and recorded most of the composer's music-highly idividualistic performances, always played with the utmost imagination and virtuosity
Franco of Cologne
fl. mid-13th century a German music theorist and possibly composer. He was one of the most influential theorists of the late Medieval era, and was the first to propose an idea which was to transform music notation permanently: that the duration of any note should be determined by its appearance on the page, and not from context alone
Franco-Mendes, Jacques
1816 (or 1812)
 Belgian cellisy who exercised a great, indeed the greatest influence on Dutch cello playing. He studied with Prager on the Violoncello, with Bertelmann in theory, but, in order to educate himself still further in cello playing, be went to Merk, at Vienna, in 1829. Franco-Mendes was undecided as to whether he should pursue music for his pleasure or as his career. He soon decided for the latter, and undertook with his brother Joseph, who was a gifted violinist, a journey to London and Paris in the year 1831. He made his debut in the former city at a concert given by Nepomuk Hummel and on his return to Amsterdam he received from the King of Holland the title of Chamber Violoncellist. In 1833 the brothers Franco-Mendes undertook together a concert tour in Germany, and were heard with success in Frankfort, Leipzig, and Dresden. In the following year Jacques was nominated first solo Cellist of the King of Holland. In 1836 he again went with his brother to Paris. The latter died in 1841, and this loss so heavily affected Jacques that for a long time he could not resolve to undertake any more musical journeys but played only at a few concerts in the main towns of Holland. Recovering his interest in performance, in 1845 he took part in the musical festival which was held at Bonn to celebrate the unveiling of the Beethoven memorial, but on account of the overwhelming number of musical productions he gained no success. From 1860 he lived in Paris. As a composer, Franco-Mendes proved that to a certain extent his aim was worthy of respect, for he occupied himself with chamber music in its more serious aspect. He wrote two Quintets and a String Quartet, one of which was distinguished by receiving a prize from the Netherlands Society for the advancement of Music. He has also composed a long list of Drawing-room pieces for his instrument, amongst them a grand Duo for two Violoncellos, an Elegie, Fantasias, Caprices, and more pieces of the same kind; some of them are still performed, as, for example, the Adagio (Op. 48)
Frank, Andrew
Los Angeles, USA
 American composer and academic
Frankel, Benjamin
31 Jan 1906
London, UK
12 Feb. 1973
London, UK
British composer
Franke, Bernd
Weissenfels/Saale, Germany
 German composer
Franken, Wim
7 Jan. 1922
Assen, Netherland
21 Apr. 2012
Deventer, Netherlands
Dutch composer, pianist and carillonneur
Frankhuijzen, Paul
's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
 Dutch Composer Paul Frankhuijzen studied Composition with Daan Manneke and Alexandru Hrisanide at the Tilburg Conservatory, as well as Sonology at The Institute for Sonology in Utrecht. He is inspired by non-western and particularly early vocal music. His oeuvre comprises over forty musical pieces, for solo instruments, chamber ensemble and orchestra
Franssens, Joep
1955, Netherlands Dutch composer
Franz, Johann Christian
17621814German composer
Franz, Robert
28 Jun. 1815
Halle, Germany
24 Oct. 1892
Halle, Germany
German composer, mainly of lieder
Franzén, Olov
Umeå, Sweden
 Swedish cellist and composer
Fränzl, Ferdinand (Ignaz Joseph)
20 May 1767
27 Oct. 1833
German violinist, composer, conductor, and opera director
Franzl, Ignaz (Franz Joseph)3 Jun. 1736Aug./Sep. 1811composer and violinist who in 1774 became Konzertmeister of the orchestra at Mannheim
Fraser, Simon  his collection of 'The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and The Isles' was assembled between 1715 and 1745 but did not appear in print until 1816. A record of Gaelic songs as sung by his older relatives, the tunes were set in very simple keyboard arrangements, presumably to be useful to as wide a spectrum of music lovers as possible
Fraser-Simson, Harold
15 Aug. 1872
London, UK
19 Jan. 1944
Inverness, Scotland
English composer of light music, including songs and the scores to musical comedies
Frauenlob, Heinrich
between 1250-1260
Meissen, Germany
29 Nov. 1318
Mainz, Germany
sometimes known as Henry of Meissen, was a Middle High German poet
Frederick (the Great or der Grosse) II of Prussia
24 Feb. 1712
Berlin, Germany
17 Aug. 1786
Potsdam, Germany
Frederick was a gifted musician who played the transverse flute. He composed 100 sonatas for the flute as well as four symphonies. The Hohenfriedberger Marsch, a military march, was supposedly written by Frederick to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Hohenfriedberg during the Second Silesian War. His court musicians included C. P. E. Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, and Franz Benda. A meeting with Johann Sebastian Bach in 1747 in Potsdam led to Bach writing The Musical Offering
Freedman, Harry (originally Henryk Frydmann)
5 Apr. 1922
16 Sep. 2005
Polish-born Canadian composer
Freeman, Lawrence "Bud"
13 Apr. 1906
Chicago, USA
15 Mar. 1991
Chicago, USA
American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer
Frehner, Paul
Montreal, Canada
 Canadian composer
Frei, Carl18841967Frei occupies a very special place during the glory period of the barrel organ between two world wars. At the tender age of nine years old he was already studying harmony and counterpoint at the Waldkirch Academy of Music. From age 14 on, well-known factories such as Bruder, Gavioli employed him in Waldkirch and Paris. After the First World War he established himself in Breda (Holland). After the Second World War he was forced to move to Waldkirch along with his son, Carl Frei jr. where he carried on with his business of building and redesigning fairground organs. After his death his son Carl carried on the business. Beside his great contributions as an arranger and composer he also became famous for the introduction of a new sound effect in Dutch street-organs. The first was the bright voiced bourdon Celeste in the melody section. This evenly floating tuned bourdon was so much loved by organ enthusiasts that it was copied by other organ builders who incorporated it as a stop in their instruments. Frei also amplified the violin section by adding a violin-celeste stop, which was also tuned to this floating sound temperament. He also introduced the stop unda maris in the counter melody section while in the large (72 and 90 keys) organs he incorporated stops with names like bifoon I (in melody) and bifoon II (in the countermelody)
Freinsberg, Jean Adam (see Guilain, Jean Adam)   
Freisitzer, Roland
16 Aug. 1973
Vienna, Austria
 Austrian composer
Freitas Branco, Frederico Guedes de
15 Nov. 1902
Lisbon, Portugal
12 Jan. 1980
Portuguese composer, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue.
Freixanet, Joseph
c.17301762Spanish composer
Fremart, Henri
c. 1595
Beauvais, Picardy
1651French priest and composer
French, Jacob
15 Jul. 1754
Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA
May 1817
Simsbury, Connecticut, USA
a singing master and one of the first American composers
French, William Percy
1 May 1854
Tulsk, County Roscommon, Ireland
24 Jan. 1920
Formby, UK
one of Ireland's foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day
Frensel Wegener-Koopman, Bertha
27 Sep. 1874
Bloemendaal, Netherlands
17 Jul. 1953
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch composer and music educator
Frenzel, Franz Xaver (Katt, Friedemann)
8 Oct. 1945
Mauterndorf, Austria
 Austrian composer who works under the pen name Friedmann Katt
Frescobaldi, Girolamo
Sep. 1583
Ferrara, Italy
1 Mar. 1643
Rome, Italy
appointed organist at St. Peter's in Rome at the age of 24, Frescobaldi is universally regarded as the most significant Italian organist-composer of the 17th century. His published volume of liturgical organ music, the Fiori musicali (1635), was held in such high estimation that even decades later J. S. Bach acquired a copy for his own study
Fresneau, Henri
fl. 1538-1554 French composer of chansons
Fresneau, Jehan
before 1450
after 1505
possibly Chartres, France
French composer and singer
Fresu, Paolo
10 Feb. 1961
Berchidda, Sardinia
 Italian jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player, as well as a composer and music-arranger
Freundt, Cornelius (also known as Bonamicus)
c. August 1591
German Kantor and composer
Frey, Jürg
15 May 1953
Aarau, Switzerland
 Swiss composer and clarinettist
Freystädtler, Franz Jacob1761
Salzburg, Austria
1841composer, teacher and organist. Became a pupil of Mozart's in Vienna, supposedly to study musical theory. Attempt the completion of Mozart's Requiem K.626 before Sussmäyr took over and completed it
Fricker, Annec. 1820 poet and composer of songs
Fricker, Peter Racine
5 Sep. 1920
London, England
1 Feb. 1990
California, USA
an English composer who lived in the United States for the last thirty years of his life
Fricke, Florian
23 Feb. 1944
Lindau am Bodensee, Germany
29 Dec. 2001
Munich, Germany
German musician and composer
Frid, Géza
25 Jan. 1904
Máramarossziget, present-day Romania
13 Sep. 1989
Beverwijk, Netherlands
Hungarian–Dutch composer and pianist
Frid, Grigory Samuilovich (see Fried, Grigori)   
Friderici, Daniel
Eichstaedt (now Querfurt)
23 Sep. 1638
German cantor, conductor, and composer
Fridman-Kochevskaya, Sofia (or Sonia) (see Eckhardt-Gramatté, Sophie-Carmen)   
Fried, Grigori (also known as Grigory Samuilovich Frid)
22 Sep. 1915
Petrograd (now St Petersburg), Russia
22 Sep. 2012
Russian composer of music written in many different genres, including chamber opera
Friedlander, Erik
1 Jul. 1960
New York City, New York, USA
 American cellist and composer
Friedman, Ignaz (originally Solomon (Salomon) Isaac Freudman(n))
13 Feb. 1882
Podgórze near Kraków, Poland
26 Jan. 1948
Sydney, Australia
Polish pianist and composer
Friedman, Stanley Arnold
 USA-born composer and trumpeter who came to NZ to be principal trumpet in the NZSO
Friedmann (or Friedman), Alexander31 May 1866
St. Petersburg, Russia
 Russian ballet dancer and composer, father of Russian cosmologist and mathematician Alexander Alexandrovich Friedmann (or Friedman) (1888-1925)
Friedmann, Carl Berthold Ulrich
29 Apr. 1862
Mücheln bei Merseburg, Germany
9 Apr. 1952
Bern, Switzerland
German-Swiss composer, conductor and musician
Friedrich II, King of Prussia (also known as Frederick the Great)
24 Jan. 1712
17 Aug. 1786
amateur flautist and composer
Friml, (Charles) Rudolf
7 Dec. 1879
12 Nov. 1972
Los Angeles, California, USA
Czech-born composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as a pianist
Fripp, Robert
16 May 1946
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, UK
 English musician, songwriter, and record producer
Frisch, Jean-Paul
Pétange, Luxembourg
 conductor and composer from Luxembourg
Frisell, (William Richard) Bill
18 Mar. 18 1951
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
 American guitarist, composer and arranger
Frish, Jean Paul
29 Oct. 1945
Petingen, Luxemburg
Frith, Fred
17 Feb. 1949
Heathfield, Sussex, UK
 English multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor
Fritsch, Balthasar
c.1570/80after 1608German composer
Fritsch, Johannes
27 Jul. 1941
Auerbach, Germany
29 Apr. 2010
Bonn, Germany
German composer
Fritz, Gaspard
18 Feb. 1716
Geneva, Switzerland
23 Mar. 1783
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva-born violinist and composer
Fritz, Johny
Aspelt, Luxembourg
 clarinetist, recorder player and composer from Luxembourg
Froberger, Johann Jacob
18 May 1616
Stuttgart, Germany
7 May 1667
Héricourt, Alsace
a German Baroque composer, keyboard virtuoso, and organist. He was very well known during his lifetime and modern scholars consider him to be one of the most important keyboard composers before Johann Sebastian Bach
Fröhlich, Friedrich Theodor
20 Feb. 1803
Brugg, Switzerland
16 Oct. 1836
Aarau, Switzerland
Swiss composer
Fröhlich (or Frølich), Johannes Frederik
21 Aug. 1806
21 May 1860
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish violinist, conductor and composer
Fröhlich, Joseph
20 May 17805 Jan. 1862German composer and teacher
Froidebise, Pierre
15 May 1914
Ohey, Belgium
28 Oct. 1962
Liège, Belgium
Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist
Froleyks, Stephan
1962 German composer
Frølich, Johannes Frederik (see Fröhlich, Johannes Frederik)   
Froom, Mitchell
29 Jun. 1953
 American musician and record producer
Frost, Stephen
Bungay, UK
 Stephen divides his time between composition, filmmaking, music editing, and conducting
Frühling, Carl
28 Nov. 1868
Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine)
25 Nov. 1937
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and pianist
Frumerie, Gunnar de1908
1987brilliant composer of romances
Fry, William Henry
10 Aug. 1813
Philadelphia, USA
21 Dec. 1864
Santa Cruz, Virgin Islands
pioneering American composer, music critic, and journalist
Fryba, Hans
24 Apr. 1899
Reisenberg, Austria
3 Jun. 1986
Gramatneusiedl, Austria
Austrian double-bass player and composer
Frydmann, Henryk (see Freedman, Harry)   
Frye, Walter
 before June 147515th-century English composer who belonged to the Guild of St Nicholas in London from 1457. A number of his songs and the motet Ave regina caelorum became very popular in Northern Europe in the late 15th-century, single lines from them providing cantus firmi for works by Josquin, Obrecht and Tinctoris
Fuchs, Johann Leopold
2 Nov. 1785
Dessau, Germany
3 Apr. 1853
St. Petersburg, Russia
German composer, pianist and writer on music
Fuchs, Johann Nepomuk
5 May 1842
15 Oct. 1899brother of Robert Fuchs, composer of operas and conductor
Fuchs, Robert
15 Feb. 1847
Frauental, Austria
19 Feb. 1927
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and Professor of Music Theory at the Vienna Conservatory. He was the brother of Johann Fuchs. He taught many notable composers, including Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Erich Korngold, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schreker, Richard Heuberger, Leo Fall, and Erkki Melartin. In his lifetime, his best known works were his five serenades; their popularity was so great that Fuchs acquired the nickname Serenaden-Fuchs ("the Serenading Fox")
Fuchswild, Johannesfl. 1500 German composer and singer in the court chapel at Stuttgart
Fučík, Julius Ernest Wilhelm
18 Jul. 1872
Prague, Bohemia
25 Sep. 1916
Berlin, Germany
Czech composer and conductor of military bands
Fuenllana, Miguel de
x.15251585/1605Spanish lutenist and composer who, although blind from birth, became a consummate virtuoso on the vihuela, and served at the Spanish court in the 1560s. His principal collection of music for the vihuela, Orphénica lyra (1554), was dedicated to King Philip II and represents perhaps the high point of this repertory
Fuhler, Cor
Barger-Oosterveld, Drenthe, Netherlands
 Dutch/Australian improvisor, composer, and instrument builder associated with free jazz, experimental music and acoustic ecology
Fuhrmann, Arthur1930
Hannover, Germany
 conductor of the Helsinki Police Band, and well known musical arranger. He is an active member of Teosto, an association promoting royalties for composers, and as chairman of ELVIS, the Association of Light Music Composers, he has played an active part in promoting light music in Finland. His work Fanfaarimarssi (Fanfare march) is popular among youth bands
Fujieda, Mamoru
 Japanese composer associated with the postminimalist movement of contemporary classical music
Fujikura, Dai
27 Apr. 1977
Osaka, Japan
 Japanese-born composer
Fukai, Shirō
4 Apr. 1907
Akita, Japan
2 Jul. 1959
Kyoto, Japan
Japanese composer
Fukushima, Kazuo
11 Apr. 1930
Tokyo, Japan
 Japanese composer
Fulda, Adam von
c. 1445
German musical author of the second half of the 15th century
Fulkerson, James
2 Jul. 1945
Streator, Illinois, USA
 American composer
Fullman, Ellen
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  American composer, instrument builder, and performer.
Fumagalli, Adolfo
19 Oct. 1828
Inzago, Italy
3 May 1856
Florence, Italy
Italian virtuoso pianist and composer, brother of Polibio, Carlo, Luca and Disma, all composers
Fumagalli, Carlo
10 Nov. 1822
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
Italian composer, brother of Polibio, Adolfo, Luca and Disma, all composers
Fumagalli, Disma
8 Sep. 1826
Milan, Italy
9 Mar. 1893
Milan, Italy
Italian composer, brother of Polibio, Adolfo, Luca and Carlo, all composers
Fumagalli, Luca
29 May 1837
Inzago, Italy
5 Jun. 1908
Milan, Italy
Italian composer, brother of Polibio, Adolfo, Carol and Disma, all composers
Fumagalli, Polibio
126 Oct. 1830
Inzago, Italy
21 Jun. 1900
Milan, Italy
Italian composer, brother of Carlo, Adolfo, Luca and Disma, all composers
Fumet, Dynam-Victor
4 May 1867
Toulouse, France
2 Jun. 1949
Paris, France
French organist and composer, father of Raphaël Marie Paul Fumet
Fumet, Raphaël Marie Paul
31 May 1898
Juilly, France
Angers, France
20th century composer and organist
Funck, David
Sankt Joachimsthal (now Jáchymov)
c. 1699 Czech or German music composer, educator, and performer on several instruments, including violas da gamba, violin, guitar, and clavichord
Furrer, Beat
6 Dec. 1954
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
 Swiss-born Austrian composer and conductor
Furst, Joe (born Furstenberg, Joseph E)
22 Sep 1898
New York, USA
11 Jun. 1973
New York, USA
pianist, music teacher and composer
Fürstenau, Anton Bernhard
20 Oct. 1792
18 Nov. 1852
Dresden, Germany
virtuoso German flautist and composer
Fürstenau, Kaspar
26 Feb. 1772
11 May 1819
German flautist and composer, father of Anton
Furtwängler, Wilhelm
25 Jan. 1886
Berlin, Germany
30 Nov. 1954
Baden-Baden, Germany
German conductor and composer
Furuhjelm, Erik18831964Finnish composer best remembered for his Brahmsian Piano Quintet in C minor (1906), one of the most highly valued works in Finnish chamber music
Fuss, Johann Evangelist (also named Fusz, János)
c. Jun. 1777
Tolna, Hungary
9 Mar. 1819
Buda, Hungary
Hungarian composer
Fux, Johann Joseph
Hirtenfeld, Styria
13 Feb. 1741
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer, music theorist and pedagogue of the late Baroque era. He is most famous as the author of Gradus ad Parnassum, a treatise on counterpoint, which has become the single most influential book on the Palestrina style of Renaissance polyphony. Almost all modern courses on Renaissance counterpoint, a mainstay of college music curricula, are indebted in some degree to this work by Fux